Starting a new job comes with a mix of emotions. While you’re no doubt going to be excited and intrigued as to what this next chapter in your career holds for you, new job anxiety is also a very real thing.
Will you hit the ground running? Will everybody be nice? What should you wear? There are plenty of niggling questions that come with a new job, and the best way to settle those jitters is to prepare as best you can for your first day. With that in mind, here are five things you can be doing to help ensure that first Monday goes as swimmingly as possible.
Do your due diligence before your first day
When you applied for the job and got your first interview, you no doubt did a load of research and swotting up on the business in anticipation of the meeting. You can actually take the same approach into your first day, getting to know more about the business, the industry you’re in and the people you’ll be working with – then it’ll all seem a bit more familiar when you get there.
Whether that’s reaching out (or going incognito and doing some stalking) on LinkedIn or researching what sort of things to expect in your new role, it can all help you feel a bit more settled straight away.
Take stock of your skills
If you are moving up the career ladder into a more senior position, or indeed starting afresh in a new industry, one of the things you’ll probably be sweating on most is whether you’re going to be up to the job. The chances are you will be, but imposter syndrome is a classic in new starters. However, if you take a step back to think about your skillset and how it relates to your new role, it can help you build confidence before day one has even started.
Ahead of starting, set out a few standard personal analyses – strengths, weaknesses, what parts of the job you know you can do and where you’ll need help. Having this focus from the moment you start will help create a more optimised version of yourself that your new boss will love.
Invest in new gear
Does your new job require any special equipment outside of the job spec? Is it time to invest in a new wardrobe, or a car to get you from A to B? Whatever it is you need, make sure you have it in place day one. You want to be as comfortable as you can be, so make sure anything absolutely necessary to day one going well is in your locker.
If that necessary purchase is a big one, so be it. If it means getting a good start in a potentially prosperous new role, dipping into your savings, taking out a bad credit loan or whatever you need to do to get what you need is probably going to be worth it in the long run.
Make a plan
The organised version of you is the best one, so make a plan heading into the big day. Work planning is something everyone should do regardless of whether it’s their first day or their 1,000th, and having a clear idea of your schedule will give you a good foundation heading in.
Work out what you need to get ready the night before, plan out getting to work in a timely fashion and have an idea in mind of what you’re going to do during any free time on your first day.
Last but not least, use the time you have before your new job to relax and enjoy yourself. Starting a new job is stressful and you’re likely going to be placing a lot of expectation on yourself to impress. So, before all that hard work begins, use your notice period/gardening leave/gap between end and start dates to do things you want.
Looking after yourself beforehand will help you begin your new role energised and in a good headspace – two things which are a huge help in getting you to perform at your best.
So, five things to consider, all of which we’d recommend taking a look at before your first day. Remember, a prepared you is the best version of you, so invest in yourself ahead of time to impress on the day.